The Future of Gallowgate Flags

Gallowgate​ ​Flags​ ​and​ ​Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​officially​ ​merge​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​movement​ ​forward.

On​ ​Friday​ ​06.10.2017​ ​it​ ​was​ ​announced​ ​that​ ​Alex​ ​Hurst​ ​and​ ​Michael​ ​Martin,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​the​ ​other members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​True​ ​Faith​ ​team​ ​would​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​Gallowgate​ ​Flags​ ​(GF).​ ​In​ ​the​ ​wake of​ ​this​ ​news​ ​the​ ​remaining​ ​members​ ​of​ ​GF​ ​alongside​ ​the​ ​team​ ​behind​ ​Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​1892​ ​have​ ​been​ ​in discussions​ ​about​ ​the​ ​futures​ ​of​ ​both​ ​groups.

Firstly,​ ​everyone​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​with​ ​Gallowgate​ ​Flags​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​the​ ​True​ ​Faith​ ​team​ ​for​ ​all of​ ​their​ ​contributions​ ​in​ ​helping​ ​us​ ​create​ ​a​ ​better​ ​match​ ​day​ ​atmosphere.​ ​The​ ​help​ ​they​ ​provided​ ​at​ ​the beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​process​ ​was​ ​invaluable​ ​especially​ ​the​ ​hard​ ​work​ ​put​ ​in​ ​by​ ​Alex​ ​and​ ​the​ ​credibility​ ​he brought​ ​to​ ​the​ ​group,​ ​his​ ​small​ ​idea​ ​and​ ​the​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​act​ ​upon​ ​it​ ​was​ ​the​ ​catalyst​ ​for​ ​what​ ​you​ ​now see​ ​every​ ​match​ ​day.​ ​GF​ ​has​ ​now​ ​evolved​ ​beyond​ ​all​ ​expectations​ ​and​ ​has​ ​become​ ​more​ ​than​ ​just creating​ ​a​ ​better​ ​atmosphere​ ​inside​ ​St​ ​James’​ ​Park​ ​and​ ​that​ ​is​ ​in​ ​no​ ​small​ ​part​ ​due​ ​to​ ​the​ ​involvement​ ​of Wor​ ​Hyem.

Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​and​ ​Gallowgate​ ​Flags​ ​have​ ​been​ ​working​ ​together​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​scenes​ ​for​ ​several months​ ​and​ ​have​ ​brought​ ​you​ ​the​ ​massive​ ​displays​ ​against​ ​Tottenham​ ​and​ ​Liverpool​ ​that​ ​have​ ​gained worldwide​ ​coverage​ ​and​ ​have​ ​been​ ​widely​ ​regarded​ ​as​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​in​ ​English​ ​football​ ​history.​ ​We​ ​have therefore​ ​taken​ ​the​ ​decision​ ​that​ ​the​ ​remaining​ ​members​ ​of​ ​Gallowgate​ ​Flags​ ​and​ ​Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​will​ ​be officially​ ​merging​ ​into​ ​one​ ​much​ ​larger​ ​group​ ​under​ ​the​ ​WOR​ ​HYEM​ ​1892​ ​name​ ​with​ ​the​ ​continued​ ​aim​ ​to grow​ ​and​ ​evolve​ ​to​ ​greater​ ​heights,​ ​and​ ​return​ ​St​ ​James’​ ​Park​ ​to​ ​it’s​ ​former​ ​glory​ ​of​ ​having​ ​the​ ​loudest and​ ​most​ ​intimidating​ ​atmosphere​ ​in​ ​the​ ​British​ ​Isles.

True​ ​Faith’s​ ​involvement​ ​in​ ​match​ ​day​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​displays​ ​has​ ​been​ ​reducing​ ​for​ ​some​ ​time now​ ​which​ ​has​ ​also​ ​coincided​ ​with​ ​the​ ​more​ ​hands​ ​on​ ​involvement​ ​from​ ​WH.​ ​We,​ ​as​ ​a​ ​collective​ ​have looked​ ​to​ ​evolve​ ​to​ ​more​ ​than​ ​just​ ​flags​ ​and​ ​expand​ ​on​ ​the​ ​original​ ​vision.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​been​ ​concentrating our​ ​efforts​ ​bigger​ ​TIFO​ ​displays​ ​like​ ​the​ ​one​ ​seen​ ​against​ ​Liverpool​ ​recently​ ​and​ ​the​ ​pre​ ​match​ ​activities, mainly​ ​the​ ​walk​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ground​ ​with​ ​flags​ ​and​ ​singing​ ​from​ ​our​ ​unofficial​ ​supporters​ ​bar,​ ​The​ ​North​ ​Terrace. A​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​praise​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be​ ​assigned​ ​to​ ​those​ ​involved​ ​up​ ​to​ ​this​ ​point,​ ​whom​ ​without​ ​we​ ​would​ ​not​ ​have been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​a​ ​fraction​ ​of​ ​what​ ​you​ ​have​ ​seen. A​ ​large​ ​group​ ​of​ ​dedicated​ ​people​ ​have​ ​given​ ​their​ ​time​ ​and​ ​made​ ​all​ ​of​ ​this​ ​possible,​ ​those people​ ​have​ ​designed​ ​the​ ​displays,​ ​they​ ​have​ ​given​ ​countless​ ​hours​ ​of​ ​their​ ​free​ ​time​ ​painting​ ​banners and​ ​they​ ​have​ ​given​ ​up​ ​their​ ​weekends​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​them​ ​in​ ​St​ ​James’​ ​setting​ ​up​ ​the​ ​displays.​ ​We​ ​would​ ​like to​ ​assure​ ​everybody​ ​that​ ​those​ ​people​ ​are​ ​still​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​the​ ​newly​ ​merged​ ​group​ ​in​ ​all future​ ​displays​ ​and​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​bringing​ ​you​ ​bigger​ ​and​ ​more​ ​ambitious​ ​displays.​ ​We​ ​would​ ​also​ ​like​ ​to offer​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​Michael​ ​Martin​ ​for​ ​his​ ​fundraising​ ​during​ ​the​ ​first​ ​12​ ​months​ ​of​ ​our​ ​efforts.

Dan​ ​Lycett,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​members​ ​of​ ​the​ ​group​ ​formerly​ ​known​ ​as​ ​Gallowgate​ ​Flags​ ​had​ ​this​ ​to​ ​say regarding​ ​the​ ​merger,​ ​“We​ ​have​ ​been​ ​working​ ​with​ ​Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​since​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​16/17​ ​Championship season​ ​and​ ​this​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​the​ ​massive​ ​evolution​ ​from​ ​simple​ ​flag​ ​displays​ ​to​ ​a​ ​much​ ​more​ ​European​ ​style of​ ​one​ ​off​ ​Tifo​ ​displays​ ​and​ ​has​ ​also​ ​been​ ​crucial​ ​in​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​our​ ​much​ ​published​ ​walks​ ​to​ ​the​ ​match, which​ ​in​ ​a​ ​few​ ​short​ ​weeks​ ​have​ ​grown​ ​at​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​rate​ ​and​ ​gained​ ​a​ ​massive​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​popularity.​ ​It​ ​was the​ ​next​ ​natural​ ​step​ ​for​ ​the​ ​groups​ ​to​ ​get​ ​together​ ​and​ ​become​ ​one​ ​team​ ​of​ ​like​ ​minded​ ​people,​ ​united​ ​by a​ ​common​ ​set​ ​of​ ​goals”.

A​ ​spokesperson​ ​from​ ​the​ ​original​ ​members​ ​of​ ​Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​1892​ ​also​ ​had​ ​this​ ​to​ ​say,​ ​“Wor​ ​Hyem are​ ​delighted​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​our​ ​efforts​ ​with​ ​the​ ​remaining​ ​members​ ​of​ ​Gallowgate​ ​Flags.​ ​We​ ​look​ ​forward​ ​to creating​ ​more​ ​amazing​ ​displays​ ​and​ ​bringing​ ​back​ ​the​ ​noise”.

The​ ​newly​ ​merged​ ​Wor​ ​Hyem​ ​1892​ ​will​ ​be​ ​continuing​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​finance​ ​the​ ​displays through​ ​various​ ​different​ ​methods,​ ​which​ ​will​ ​​ ​include​ ​events,​ ​donations​ ​and​ ​merchandise​ ​sales​ ​and​ ​we will​ ​continue​ ​the​ ​work​ ​Alex​ ​started​ ​in​ ​being​ ​fully​ ​transparent​ ​with​ ​how​ ​all​ ​funds​ ​are​ ​used.​ ​We​ ​also​ ​still need​ ​volunteers​ ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​holding​ ​volunteer​ ​meetings​ ​to​ ​recruit​ ​people​ ​that​ ​want​ ​to​ ​help​ ​us​ ​and​ ​become part​ ​of​ ​our​ ​growing​ ​family.​ ​Against​ ​Liverpool​ ​we​ ​had​ ​the​ ​largest​ ​number​ ​of​ ​volunteers​ ​we’ve​ ​ever​ ​had​ ​and it​ ​was​ ​overwhelming​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​support​ ​we​ ​have​ ​gotten​ ​in​ ​such​ ​a​ ​relatively​ ​short​ ​period​ ​of​ ​time.​ ​We​ ​will keep​ ​appealing​ ​for​ ​volunteers​ ​who​ ​like​ ​us,​ ​want​ ​to​ ​help​ ​make​ ​match​ ​days​ ​something​ ​special​ ​every​ ​week.

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